“The core” Nowadays, “strengthening the core” has become a very popular concept among various populations ranging from elite athletes to chronic pain patients. the concept at heart is a good one-the idea that having a stable base to operate from makes one a more efficient mover. However, there are quite a few popular misconceptions present, particularly in athletes, … [Read more...] about Core Strength – Popular Misconceptions
Lorenzo discusses the common fencing joint injuries plus some ideas on treatment and injury prevention.
Many fencers have experienced, either personally or in a teammate, the devastating effects that an injury can have on training. While traumatic injuries are less common, the inherent asymmetry of the sport, repetitive movements required for many techniques, and sometimes awkward positions required for those same techniques, make fencers more prone to certain types of overuse … [Read more...] about Fencing Elbow and Knee Injuries – Prevention and Treatment
A proper strength and conditioning training regimen will change during the year as you shift from pre-season work to peaking for your most important tournaments. Read through this article to help plan your training cycle.
A good, solid conditioning plan should not remain the same throughout the year. What you should be doing to prepare for a tournament two or three months out should be very different from what you do one or two weeks before. In this article, I will try to give some basic guidelines for how to very/alter your workout plan based on where you are in your competitive … [Read more...] about Periodization of your conditioning plan
Putting together a weight training and fitness plan isn't a mystery only open to fencers vying for a spot on the national team. Lorenzo Casertano highlights the steps fencers should be taking to improve their chances on the strip: Dispelling the "Weights slow your fencing" myth Any competitive fencer knows that strength and power play an integral part in success at … [Read more...] about Weight Training for the Competitive Fencer